Item: Differential heat transfer--it's effects on avalanche release the mountain snowpack
Title: Differential heat transfer--it's effects on avalanche release the mountain snowpack
Proceedings: 1990 International Snow Science Workshop, Bigfork, Montana USA, October 9-13
Authors: Nick Logan
Abstract: Certain correlations are observed when examining recent avalanche accidents in Colorado. An examination into six backcountry incidents reveals the presence of a metamorphic principle common to each in the trigger area. The number of avalanche accidents involving winter backcountry travellers can be reduced through education regarding this basic factor, and encouraging the practice of related routefinding techniques. For the purposes of this paper, only dry slab avalanches typical to the realm of a high elevation, continental climate zone are addressed.
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Keywords: snowpack, heat, trasfer, dry slab avalanche, release, accidents
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